18 January 2016
Classic moment of the week … happened at church after Elder Moulton and I finished planning our lesson for an activity. We had just finished planning our lesson on patience and we wanted to find a game or object lesson we could incorporate into it. Elder Moulton went to the Church magazines, I believe it was the Ensign, and while looking for the games found a “bible puns” section. He read them one by one to me and even though they were so so bad, and we were just cracking up until our activity started. I can promise you none of the puns were actually funny. It was just the combination of being a missionary and the way Elder Moulton delivered them.
I saw the Lord’s hand this week … in a man named Samuel. First of all, that’s a really good name. He is from Ghana, and when we met him he said that he had never seen missionaries like us before so he said he would “try it out.” So, we met with him the next day, and he’s amazing. When we asked him if he would be baptized when he came to know that our message is true he said, “I already believe it’s true.” I testify that the Lord places people in our paths for specific reasons. I also know that the Lord doesn’t just make things easy for us, He lets us grow by going through hardships. He doesn’t give us more than we can handle in both successes and trials. It’s all a wise purpose in Him.
This week in my studies … I learned about peace, so I’ll tell you a little about it. First, there are two types of peace – inner and outer. They both stem from other factors. Inner peace leads to outward peace. If we don’t have inner peace, we will never be able to bring the peace we want to see. It starts with us. We are all familiar with Gandhi and his famous quote, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” It’s very true. If we are harboring grudges, carrying burdens, or hanging on to the envy we feel, we will never be at peace. Peace – real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being – comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing and applying His teachings in our lives. I know He is the way, as I have seen so many people’s lives change due to practicing the teachings of Christ, since I have been on my mission. Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is the author of the peaceable things of this world. Before departing He told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). These words apply to us as well. I love this scripture because I can truly testify that the things of Christ – love, family, the gospel, service, etc. – really bring a more lasting and deep peace and happiness than the things of the world – drugs, anger, alcohol, pornography, etc. We know that wickedness never was happiness, and it never will be either. Real happiness is found in the teachings Christ has given us. In John 16:33 the Lord says, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace,” He continues. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The Lord urged His followers to be “peacemakers” and taught peace in many parables. Just to name a few that I’ve found: “Agree with thine adversary” (Matt. 5:25), “Love your enemies” (Matt. 5:44), “Judge not” (Matt. 7:1), “Love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matt. 22:39), “Condemn not” (Luke 6:37), “Forgive” (Luke 6:37), “Love one another” (John 13:34). If we do these things we will, “live in peace” as the Apostle Paul said, “and the God of love and peace shall be with you” (2 Cor. 13:11). If we are living in peace we will surely have the inner peace we desire. When we have that inner peace, it will drive us to want to share it with others. We will have an overwhelming outer peace, as Christ will be in our countenances, and others will see it and strive to develop it. Don’t let the world or things in it get you down, don’t let anger push you away from those you love, don’t let remorse hold you back from achieving what you can be, and don’t let yourself get in the way of you being what someone else needs.
This week’s shout outs … go out to: Jeff, Kevin and Simon, everyone who writes me, Waimea for being cherry, the boys for serving the Lord with me, barrels, sleep for helping me not be tired, and air cuz without it we wouldn’t be alive.
The Elder of the week … serving in the Promised Land of Paraguay and sponsored by Dre Beats … is none other than Elder Guy Nug Baxter. He loves chili lime seeds, barrels, and Dear Johns – ladies help him out in that department. When he isn’t getting dunks in the font or taking care of Daniels, you can find him at the local cow grounds trying to make sure all the creatures on earth hear the Good Word of God. As an honorary member of the Nub Squad, he gets buckets and gains. You can find him in a night pipe barrel in 1.4, but until then send this tender elder a Dear John @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graffiti of the week … will resume next week because I forgot my pictures … Sorry. Stay tuned.